Denver Nuggets GM Calvin Booth appears to be staying with the organization.
According to The Sacramento Bee‘s Jason Anderson, Denver Nuggets general manager Calvin Booth “is unlikely to move forward with the [Sacramento] Kings in their hiring process”
Anderson adds that “Booth would be the third candidate to drop out of Sacramento’s search process in recent days, joining Miami Heat assistant general manager Adam Simon and New Orleans Pelicans general manager Trajan Langdon.”
The Kings were initially reported to have interest in Booth as a candidate for their vacant executive vice president of basketball operations position last week. Interestingly enough, Booth was promoted to general manager by the Nuggets during the league’s hiatus.
Although no reason has been given for Booth reportedly turning down Sacramento’s inquiry, it can be assumed that Booth finds Denver’s job to be more attractive. The Kings have been seen as one of the worst-run franchises over the last few years and the Nuggets are perennial playoff contenders thanks to the duo of Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray.
Sacramento hasn’t been to the playoffs since 2006.
That’s not to say that the Kings don’t have attractive pieces though, as guards De’Aaron Fox and Buddy Hield are two of the most well-known young players in the league.
It’s just that Denver, who is currently in the Western Conference semifinals for the second straight year, is a more attractive destination.